According to a bunch of Apple employees who spoke to Ars Technica over anonymity and growing trend of leaks before product launches, Apple’s outdated security measures and overseas suppliers are the two major factors responsible (via The Verge).
Apple employees believe the majority of leaks that got splashed across the web before recent product launches, including the iPhone 5, didn’t originate within Apple corporate but came from somewhere within Apple’s lengthy global supply chain. Apple’s Cupertino headquarters employees said that suppliers overseas don’t have the same level of loyalty or sense of accomplishment at creating interesting new products, like they do.
“Apple’s security practices are targeted at making sure US employees don’t leak stuff, but everything comes out of China now,” one employee told Ars. “I think Apple’s secrecy mode is really outdated.”
“Clearly, the people who need the security training are not here” said another. “They’re not getting the same level of scrutiny as we are, and it shows.”
“You’ve got thousands of people working on manufacturing something who have no vested interest in keeping it secret,” one employee said, adding that he believes leaks will continue to increase as Apple ramps up overseas manufacturing operations.
The employees added that since Apple doesn’t manufacture anything in the US, it may be hard to surprise people over anything in the future.
Are you expecting any surprises at tomorrow’s media event?